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About Ricardo P.

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Broomfield, CO

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Learn everything you need to understand the theory behind all western music. Learn how to read music, learn harmony and how to build any chord, scales, arranging, scoring, jazz theory, classical theory. Learn what makes different styles sound different and how to be authentic with each style.

About Ricardo
I have been a professional musician and teacher all my adult life. Music is my passion and has always been how I make a living. I teach piano/keyboards, guitar, voice, bass and ukulele. I studied classical piano at SUNY at Buffalo and I initially learned to play guitar and singing on my own. Years later I studied voice and guitar with great professional instructors. I am familiar with different ways of learning music: from very structured and traditional methods (that we use in classical music) to more improvisational and "by ear" approaches as we often do in popular music. This helps me tailor my music teaching specifically to each student based on his/her musical preferences, abilities and learning style. I can teach all styles of music including: Pop, Rock, Blues, Country, Bluegrass, Jazz, many different Latin styles including Salsa, B
olero and Bossa Nova.
I have performed all over the US and toured many countries including Mexico, Canada, Argentina, Uruguay, England and France. I have recorded more than 100 CDs for many artists (as well as my own original music) as a pianist/keyboardist, singer, guitarist and music producer. I have won many awards including most recently the Best Blues Band award as the pianist, guitarist and singer for the Lionel Young Band at the International Blues Challenge (the largest competition of blues bands in the world).
I have taught music through my whole career. Many of my students have gone on to study music as a career and have become successful professional musicians.
I am very comfortable teaching all levels from professional musicians to very beginners at any age.
I currently lead and perform with my group. We perform concerts, private events and some club work. My life as a professional musician has given me a lot of knowledge to share with my students.

*** Lesson Details ***
I adjust my approach based on what you want to learn, always with an emphasis on learning as much as possible while making the lessons fun and enjoyable. If you are a beginning piano/keyboard or guitar student I can teach you the basics of how to read music and how to play chords in the first few months and then we can decide whether you are interested in playing written music or more improvisational styles. I use different method books depending on the student and sometimes I use just my teaching materials if you are only interested in improvisational styles like Rock or Blues guitar or piano (for example). If you are a voice student, I teach with a combination of learning songs you like and using a CD/MP3s of vocal exercises that help develop good vocal technique. Whatever your instrument and musical preference you can be sure we'll have fun and you'll be making music from the very start!

*** Studio Equipment ***
I have a Yamaha upright piano and keyboards. I have acoustic and electric guitars, bass and amps. I have Shure Sm-58 mics to teach microphone technique with.

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Student must have his/her own instrument and metronome (or equivalent) must purchase course book(s) if needed..

*** Specialties ***
I teach different styles depending on the students goals. I can teach a traditional classical style for those interested in classical music and I can teach more practical approaches for popular music such as learning by chords (for instrumental students- not voice obviously) and learning improvisation through scales, arpeggios and music theory.
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Adam June 20, 2018
· Guitar · In studio
Great start to my guitar practice with Ricardo. Patient teacher who clearly has a tried and true method. Excited to keep learning and develop a great new skill with his guidance.
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Kiara A. June 6, 2018
· Piano · In home
We found Ricardo to be very professional.
He took the time to assess where to start the lessons. He reinforces the student and is very patient
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Michael October 17, 2017
· Piano · In home
On top of being a great piano, voice, and guitar teacher, Ricardo is a brilliant musician with a varied and rich musical history. I came to Ricardo looking to improve on my classical piano skills, and ended up learning blues piano and some great techniques for learning how to play popular songs on the piano. He also helped me with voice and guitar.

I found Ricardo's lessons to be engaging, mentally stimulating, challenging, and fun. When I was playing blues piano, he would jam along with me on the guitar to help me get better at playing with others, and not just solo. He did the same thing for me when teaching me on the guitar as well, it was a blast! He pushed me to be a better musician in general - I came to him with a very narrow focus and he broadened my musical horizons. Thank you Ricardo for helping me become a better piano player, vocalist, and guitar player!
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Broomfield, CO 80020
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About James H.

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Denver, CO

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Using different methods, I work with my students increase their knowledge and skills in Music Theory.

About James
I am a professional singer with many organizations in the Denver area including Opera Colorado, Boulder Opera Company, Cabaret Otaku, Opera on Tap, and others. I am also the Cantor/Choir Director for House for All Sinners and Saints Lutheran Church. I have sung many genres including Jazz, Pop, and in leading roles in Opera and Musical Theater. I also co-wrote and performed music for the Buntport Theater's children's show TRUNKS!
I have been teaching private voice for over six years. As an instructor and vocal coach, my job is to help you obtain YOUR goals as a singer. I love to sing and I love to teach people of all ages how to sing!

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When meeting with new students we first discuss their goals as a singer and musician. Are you preparing for an audition? In need of vocal coaching for a theater role? Do you w
ant to learn how to sing with better control of your voice? Trying to learn to read music and gain a working knowledge of music theory?

As a teacher I strive to focus on what a student's strengths are and help develop them to their full potential!

*** Studio Equipment ***
Home Studio- Lessons in the living room, piano, mirror, music charts

*** Specialties ***
I teach my students various styles of music. My experience and training include classical, musical theater, jazz, and pop.
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Bob July 11, 2018
· Saxophone · In studio
James is excellent sax player and I appreciated that he personalized the lesson for me.
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Johannah February 2, 2018
· Singing · In studio
I love working with James! He is bringing exactly what I want, which is casual fun while I expand my learning experiences.
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Alyssa August 14, 2017
· Broadway Singing · In studio
Alyssa really enjoyed her singing lesson with James and looks forward to her next lesson.
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James H.

Denver, CO 80220
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About Jonathan S.

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Boulder, CO
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Music has many different elements that comprise it. These include but are not limited to: pitch, pulse, rhythm, melody, harmony, texture, arrangement, timbre/color, expressive qualities (dynamics and articulation), and form or structure. From these basic building blocks,all theoretical material that can be studied has come to be. This material when understood and employed can further your growth as a musician exponentially, and can assist you in writing music, sight-reading, as well as virtually any creative activity involving music.

About Jonathan
I see each lesson with a student as another opportunity to help facilitate realization within them. Now in my fourth year as a professional freelance performing and teaching artist living in New York City, I currently hold a private studio of over 20 pupils, ages 6 to 65, professing a wide range of topics rooted in the subject matters of music, the arts, and spirituality.

Most of the subjects I teach are music related, in which I have over 6 years of Conservatory training, a Bachelor's and Master's degree, as well as over 15 years experience performing, recording, and competing on an international level. However, my interests, practices, and skillsets do extend beyond sound and visual art, and in the realm of spirituality.

I specialize in the following areas of musical study: General Music, Composition, Ear Training, Music History,
Music Theory, Sight Singing, and Songwriting. I also specialize in the following instruments: Trumpet and Piano/Keyboards. As a trumpeter, I have competed twice in international competitions presented by the International Trumpet Guild, and have participated in two audition based international intensive programs: at the School for Improvisational Music, and at the Banff Center in Alberta Canada. I was one of only two jazz trumpeters in the world to receive an audition for the 2014 Juilliard Artist Diploma Program in Jazz Trumpet, and besides touring as a musician in over 5 countries, I have served as an educator for the Afro-Latin Jazz Alliance created by GRAMMY-winning pianist Arturo O'Farrill, as well as the Gramercy Brass Orchestra of New York City.

I have also been practicing various forms of meditation practices and Yoga practices for the past 3 years. My influences span from Astral Projection to Reiki, to Vipassana Meditation, to Visualization Techniques, and much more. I believe and live by the idea that creativity is an energy that flows through us, and one's creative abilities can be improved and expanded, through the emotional body, which is influenced by one's perceptions. Throughout my training in music and the arts, I have realized that creative flow and love for what one is and does can be applied to anything in life.

Because of my 9+ years experience as a professional artist living in New York City, my students receive both guidance in discovering their own voice and comfort within their desired field of practice, and also practical approaches to retain and utilize their training and pre-ordained skill sets, with self-application and diligence. Through study with me, my students enable themselves to swiftly make progress and move toward a life of renewed purpose and fulfilment. Through specific assignments, exercises, and practices my students foster a real relationship with their instruments, and themselves, thus unlocking their creative minds, for usage in all aspects of their lives.

I teach out of a my home apartment studio on the upper east side, complete with weighted 88-key digital piano, Bose high quality speakers, recording equipment, as well as musical media, and tablature spanning many musical genres, cultures and time periods. I also am equipped with a spacious floor space for Yoga, Pilates, Weight Lifting, Meditation, and more. Additionally, I am able to travel to any location within the five boroughs for an additional travel fee (TBD based on location).

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Les S. May 25, 2016
· Piano · In home
I would highly recommend Jonathan as a music teacher. Jonathan is absolutely passionate about music, which is evident by his enthusiastic and energetic teaching techniques. He is very patient with my five year old and encourages her to get her very best effort. Jonathan customizes the music and lessons for my daughter’s skill level while at the same time provides challenges to keep the learning process interesting. In a short period of time, my daughter's keyboard playing abilities have dramatically increased. I am very grateful to Jonathan for making learning fun for my daughter, who always looks forward to her lessons!
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Joanie May 13, 2016
· Trumpet · In studio
Jonathan has made a great impression with my son. He displays a great combination of patience and encouragement with Nick. I have seen an improvement in his trumpet skills as well as his confidence.
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Sonia R. February 25, 2016
· Piano · In home
NICE, HELPFUL AND PATIENT.

THANK YOU.
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Boulder, CO 80301
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About Bill E.

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Parker, CO
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About Bill
Our goal is simple: We want our students to become utterly astonishing and absolutely love what they are doing! This is why students never leave us. Once they start, they are with us for years.

Our unique MasterVoice Program is a 10 Level Vocal Certification Program that will challenge you to become the most incredible vocalist possible. With intense, but fun 60 minute lessons, you will be taught everything from vocal quality to range expansion to sight-singing.

Lessons include full audition preparation whether it be for a school or local show, Allstate or a University-level audition. All musical styles are covered from Classical to Vocal Jazz.

MasterVoice - the ONE road to being vocally astonishing.

Home of the Elite A Cappella Group Vocal Explosion!

Monthly social activities!

Annual Engel Academy Retreat in the
Mountains!

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60 minutes of intense learning and fun! We also have a monthly Group Lesson along with various competitions and festivals!

*** Specialties ***
Preparation for competitions, auditions, monologue work and driving students to excellence.

“I don’t know how you do it, but you’re a miracle worker” - parent

“You teach me more than my college voice instructor” - student

“I learned more from you in one lesson than I did from my last instructor in two years” - student

“My daughter will be taking lessons from you forever!” - parent

“My daughter never wanted to sing in front of people, now we can’t stop her! Thank you!” - parent

“My son LOVES his lessons with you!” - parent

“You re-ignited my daughter’s love of music! I’m in tears!” - parent

“Your MasterVoice program is second to none!” - parent
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Student April 14, 2016
· Singing · In studio
I learn more from Bill than I do my college voice instructor. Enough said.
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Debbie April 14, 2016
· ACT · In studio
Not only did my daughter's scores improve to enough to get into the schools she wanted to, but she also received scholarships that we really needed! What a godsend!
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Colleen April 14, 2016
· ACT · In studio
My son's score went up OVER 30%! We cannot praise Bill enough. Not only did he push my son, but he made the material (which is normally quite dull) fun and interesting!
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Parker, CO 80138
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About Heather C.

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Theory is taught at each lesson. Students learn the backbone of music through the study of musical theory.

About Heather
Heather C. MAED, B.A.
Piano Instructor
Heather C. is a member of the Douglas & Elbert County Music Teachers Association (DEMTA), the Colorado Music Teachers Association (CMTA), the National Music Teachers Association (MTNA), Colorado Federation of Music Clubs, and the National Guild of Piano Teachers. Ms. C. has taught in Arapahoe & Douglas counties since 2003 when she moved to the metro area. Each year from 2006-2012 her students have competed in the DEMTA music festival, achieving some of the highest marks in the competition. Several students each year have placed first in their division & performed in honors concerts, accepting trophies for their 1st place finish.
Heather is a native of Anchorage, Alaska. She moved to Colorado to pursue a career in music education at the University of Northern Colorado. Heather graduated from UN
C with a B.A. in Liberal Arts. At UNC Heather performed in the Symphonic Band where she was featured as a piccolo soloist for two straight years. Heather obtained the largest music scholarship given to any musician in the history of the music department.
Heather has played piano & flute for over 26 years competing & winning local, national, & international competitions. At UNC Heather studied extensively in music theory, ear training, & music history. In 1994, as well as 1998 Heather took part in the Pacific Basin Band Music Festival in Honolulu, Hawaii where her school band won the competition against the Pacific Rim states, as well as against Japanese & Australian symphonic bands. In this competition Heather was featured as a solo jazz pianist & as a piccolo soloist.
Heather played piano for three high school choirs in 1995-1996. Heather performed on piano for the mayor of Anchorage, Alaska in 1997. From 1994-1998 She was a piano accompanist for several soloists helping them achieve the highest marks on their performance competitions. Heather played lead piano in the pit orchestra in the musical Fame.

1990-1994
Studied under:
• Alyeen Haynan; a renowned piano instructor who was taught by a second generation pupil of Franz Joseph Haydn, one of the world’s last Classical composers.
• Gail Payne, the principal flutist with the Zimbabwe National Symphony
• Dorli McWayne the principal flutist with the Fairbanks symphony & the flute professor at UAF.
1994-1998
Studied under:
• Lavella Briggs, M.A. piano performance; emphasis in jazz piano
• Jean Lenoir, B.A. flute performance & M.D. music education
1997
• Toured with the Sound of America performing in the following countries & cities: Frankfurt, Germany; Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Germany; Salzburg, Austria; Saalfelden, Austria; Venice, Italy; Stresa, Italy; Grindelwald, Switzerland; Interlaken, Switzerland; La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland; Dijon, France; Paris France; Disneyland Paris, France; Reims, France; Luxembourg, Luxembourg; & Heidelberg, Germany. In Salzburg, Austria; performed for Hilary & Chelsea Clinton; featured on CNN news.
1998-2000
Studied under:
• Ken Singelton; two M.D. degrees Yale school of music, conductor of the Denver Brass
• Elizabeth Singelton; M.A. flute performance & published several albums
• Sylvia Greenfield; M.A. flute performance, recorded numerous motion picture & TV soundtracks with Twentieth-Century Fox, MGM, Columbia, & Warner Brothers studio orchestras.

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Kenley G. February 3, 2016
· Piano · In studio
Heather was patient and took things step by step for my 6-year-old daughter. She can't wait to go back!
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Parker, CO 80138
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About Aidan P.

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Denver, CO

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Learn the basic harmonic structures western-music has used since it's first real display in post-renaissance polyphonic music. Learn the basics and quickly see its usage all the way up to todays top 40 and everything in between. Not all theory needs writing! How do you develop a chord? Why do some chords work better than others? How do I know what key to solo in? how do I learn to solo? How do I get better at writing music and generating musical ideas?

About Aidan
Hi, my name is Aidan. I'm a composer, performer, guitar instructor and band leader. I teach at my apartment in City Park or can drive to the student within the Denver area.

I am a Hampshire College music program graduate who has taught students of various ages, skills, and music preferences. I play guitar, compose, and tour with my band Freddy & the Yetis, and just spent the last three years living in Boston to study with one of Berklee's senior professors. Ive played hundreds of gigs in my life. I am also a background-checked certified member of the Music Teachers National Association.

My goal with students is to encourage both a love of music and the guitar as an instrument for personal expression. I want to see my students playing the music they enjoy as soon as possible. Every student is treated as an individual. Their needs, a
bilities and learning style are taken into consideration. I use this information to design a student specific curriculum. The experience should be fun and educational for the student.

Various openings 9am - 10pm
Prices are negotiable depending on location

I encourage students to take one or two lessons per week at a regularly scheduled time. References are available.

"Aidan has been teaching my 12-year old son guitar for the last year. He started with the basics in technique and later worked with him on music appreciation. My son really enjoyed his easy-going and attentive nature and attitude. Aidan was always punctual and respectful of our schedule. I feel my son learned a lot about music and he enjoyed working with Aidan."
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Giulia Cisternino July 21, 2017
· Guitar · In studio
Good and professional teacher, I'm very satisfied!
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Melissa March 10, 2017
· Guitar · In studio
Finally I am understanding how guitar works.
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David G. November 28, 2016
· Guitar · In studio
Aidan is a terrific teacher!! I played professionally over 35 years ago and have not played at all since. At this point I could not play ANYTHING. He took me back through the basics and got me thinking the way I did when I was in my teens. Clearly he has the technical aspect of both music and teaching down - but what made him a great teacher to me is his love of music and guitar. Reminded me of why I loved it in the first place. Although we didn't match up on style perfectly - he embraced the music that I loved and got me back up and running - could not give him a higher recommendation!!
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Aidan P.

Denver, CO 80206
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About Tony D.

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Music Theory is the fundamental building block of a truly versatile musician. When you understand scales, chords, intervals, and have a highly developed ear, there is no type of music you can't quickly assimilate and understand.

I'm very good at showing students how theory can be practical for performance, which is a critical realization for musicians. Especially for singers, who don't have the luxury of pushing buttons to create certain notes: singers must find notes from their relationship to other notes in the piece. After studying with me, you will be fluent in the language of music.

About Tony
I studied Voice Performance at the University of Denver, earning my Bachelors of Music in 2011. I've been teaching voice, piano, composition, song writing, and music theory for 8 years to students of all ages. Teaching is one of my greatest joys as a professional musician, and I hope to share that joy with you!

I focus on three principles in every lesson I teach: be aware, be creative, and be efficient. As awareness increases, seemingly contradictory ideas become complimentary; as creativity develops, we laugh and smile on the journey towards musical fluency; when we think and practice efficiently, we realize we're capable of far more than we thought.
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Miles September 5, 2018
· Singing · In home
Tony is doing a great job with my 17-year-old son, who’s goal is to learn to sing on key. Tony is very positive and my son is already seeing improvements.
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Nolan F. July 10, 2018
· Piano · In home
Tony is absolutely amazing with our 5 year old son. Each lesson he finds a way to inspire learning and interest in music.
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Melissa B. March 14, 2018
· Piano · In home
Tony has been my kids' piano teacher for three years now, and we have nothing but great things to say. When he started with us my daughter was almost 5, and he's taught her for 3 years, and has taught my younger son (now age 6.5) for about 2+ years.

First off, my kids LOVE Tony. They are excited for their lessons every week and really enjoy their time with him. They really enjoy playing piano and have made really great progress with Tony as their teacher. Tony is great at teaching them the fundamentals while also working with their specific interests to help motivate them and keep things really fun (my son wanted to learn an Imagine Dragons song and Tony didn't miss a beat!) He's fun, passionate, great at working with different personalities and ages, and overall a fantastic teacher. Highly highly recommend!
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Denver, CO 80219
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About Brad F.

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Students will learn about the basic elements of music construction, and the common utilized techniques used in music analysis and composition.

About Brad
I am an accomplished musician with over 20 years of music education experience. I hold a Bachelors of Music Education degree from Southern Illinois University Carbondale, where I studied with distinguished masters in all areas of band and orchestra instrumentation; I also pursued advanced study in Music Theory / Composition.

I taught privately and in the public schools, working with students of all ages, & ability levels, including students with special learning / performance needs. "Having myself been diagnosed with ADHD and other cognitive learning difficulties, I understand the struggles of focus and frustration students with special needs encounter."

I am currently the Principal Tuba with the Aurora Symphony Orchestra in Aurora, Colorado, and perform regularly with athletic bands at the University of Denver. My performance
career has covered both concert & marching bands, both large & small, orchestras and brass and woodwind ensembles of all types & sizes.
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Justin June 29, 2017
· Saxophone · In home
Brad is great! My son really enjoys taking lessons from him and we can hear the improvement!!
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Aurora, CO 80013
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About Leslie K.

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Music theory is essential to every music education. Whether you're looking to gain a greater understanding of how music is put together, or you're looking for help with AP music theory, I can help. I have experience tutoring music theory at several colleges including Adams State College and the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, where I was a music theory teaching assistant.

About Leslie
Leslie is a Denver based musician—clarinetist and teacher—who performs in solo and collaborative projects across the state while maintaining an active teaching studio. Leslie is in high demand as both a performer and teacher. Recent performances include solo performances is Denver and Stapleton, several chamber performances with her wind trio Enigma and the Lamont Clarinet Choir, and appearances with the Lone Tree Symphony, the San Juan Symphony, Lakewood Symphony, the Denver Pops Orchestra, the Littleton Symphony, the Lamont Symphony Orchestra, and extensive time playing Eb clarinet with the Lamont Wind Ensemble.

After she began playing clarinet with her hands switched, and consequently as the worst clarinetist in her band, Leslie began studying privately and soon discovered a passion for teaching and helping her own students improve
the way her teachers helped her. Leslie is a passionate educator who has spent time on faculty at Mt. Holyoke College and the Eaglebrook School. She currently maintains a private studio in Denver and is an active guest clinician across Colorado.

Leslie studied clarinet at Adams State, the University of Massachusetts Amherst, and recently completed a Performance Certificate at the University of Denver. Influential teachers include Dr. Tracy Doyle, Claudia Weir, Michael Sussman, and Dr. Jeremy Reynolds. Leslie loves the color green, otters, Beethoven Symphony Number 7, Mozart operas, Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp, the smell of rosemary, and her rather aggressive, toothless cat.
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Remi B. May 20, 2018
· Clarinet · In studio
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Flemming December 22, 2017
· Clarinet · Online
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Flemming December 20, 2017
· Clarinet · Online
Great introduction.
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Leslie K.

Aurora, CO 80014
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About Mark Z.

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I have taught theory for all age levels. Experience with college level theory as well. I believe that music learning should offer aspects of form and analysis, dictation, ear training and harmony.

About Mark
I am a full time musician. I have had the great opportunity to work with Michael Crawford, Elton John , Barbara Streisand and many other greats. My current main job is at a large United Methodist church in South Denver. I work on occasion for the National Endowment for the Arts.

I also direct a community choir in Downtown Denver.... I also maintain a private studio of organ , piano and voice which I cherish!
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Mike September 4, 2018
· Piano · In studio
I started with Mark as a beginner and he has been everything I hoped for in a piano teacher. He’s patient, understanding, knowledgeable, and has helped me tremendously. Mark gets as excited as I do when I make progress! Mark told me upfront he would be demanding about practicing scales and focusing on proper fingering — and It has been very helpful. Plus Mark is a very nice guy and I always look forward to chatting with him during our lessons.
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Rachel September 2, 2018
· Vocal Training · In studio
Mark is a wonderful voice teacher! I have sung in choirs for years without having had any proper voice training. I’ve had Mark’s compassionate coaching for about three years and I feel so much more confident in my voice and my ability to contribute to the group.

When Mark gives feedback he always finds a lot of positive things to point out and deftly slips in the issues I need to work on. I leave my lessons feeling good while having a good idea of the work I need to do before my next lesson.

I highly recommend Mark Zwilling if you are looking for a voice teacher; he is extremely knowledgeable, kind, and patient.
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Megan September 2, 2018
· Classical Piano · In studio
Mark is an amazing instructor. He has an abundance of technical expertise which he applies with compassion. He is able to assess a student's potential and both teach to that potential and suggest practice assignments that are neither too daunting nor too easy. I recommend Mark as an instructor to any student.
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Mark Z.

Littleton, CO 80126
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How to Transition from Classical Pianist to Jazz Pianist

How to Transition from Classical Pianist to Jazz Pianist

Piano music doesn't have to be all classical, all the time! Here's what you need to know about getting started with jazz piano chord progressions, courtesy of St. Augustine, FL teacher Heather L...   Thelonius Monk, Herbie Hancock, and Duke Ellington are just a few of the great jazz piano players. What beautiful and fascinating sounds fill our ears when their names come to mind! The seemingly illusive progressions and spontaneous elements, like syncopation and improvisation, sound … Read More

How to Transition from Classical Pianist to Jazz Pianist
Piano music doesn't have to be all classical, all the time! Here's what you need to know about getting started with jazz piano chord progressions, courtesy of St. Augustine, FL teacher Heather L...   Thelonius Monk, Herbie Hancock, and Duke Ellington are just a few of the great jazz piano players. What beautiful and fascinating sounds fill our ears when their names come to mind! The seemingly illusive progressions and spontaneous elements, like syncopation and improvisation, sound
Subdivision: The Easy Trick for Reading Rhythms Right
As you're learning to read music, you'll come across complex rhythms at some point. Here, Saint Augustine, FL music teacher Heather L. offers some helpful tips to help you get through the tricky parts...   Have you ever found yourself sitting in a big concert hall, or in your room, listening to a soloist play a practically perfect rhythm? Almost all of us have, and almost all of us have asked ourselves, "How do they do that?" Their secret is subdivision. You might be just begin
How to Prepare for Sight Reading at an Audition | 3 Helpful Tips
Nervous about the sight reading portion of an upcoming audition? Find out how to work sight reading practice into your routine in this guest post by Saddle Brook, NJ teacher Christian D...   “Be prepared to sight read.” That dreaded requirement on all auditions that makes us all nervous. But the fact is, you shouldn’t be! Sight reading is a learned skill, just like everything else in music. Think of it as sight reading a passage from a book in front of an audience. With so many
Why Learning Piano Theory is Important for All Musicians
Struggling to understand music theory? Try heading over to the piano -- seeing a visual representation can help a ton! Here, Lowell, IN teacher Blake C. shares how to get started...   Many musicians avoid learning music theory altogether because it can feel much like learning a foreign language; as a result, many musicians enlist in the anti-music theory organization. I will admit it – I was a member of the anti-music theory organization in my early years, declaring that music theory
All in Order: Tricks for Identifying Key Signatures
What are the "keys" to identifying different key signatures? Read on for some great tips from Tucson, AZ teacher Lourdes C... In reading music, there are a few things that give musicians the biggest headaches. One major migraine-maker is determining keys from the key signature and then remembering the order of sharps and flats. This chart gives musicians a quick way to help with identifying key signatures. Key Signatures at a Glance Major sharps: the name of the key can be fou

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